Good Natured Advice Thread (improving a business wardrobe)

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Claghorn, Jan 6, 2014.

  1. archibaldleach

    archibaldleach Senior member

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    ^ I think I'd prefer grey or even brown in that outfit. YMMV.
     


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    EliodA Senior member

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    Agreed, but that fit was meant as a bit of fun: trying to break as many SF rules as possible, while still achieving an acceptable result. One of those rules of course being SF's no to navy trousers.
     


  3. kulata

    kulata Senior member

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    Brown yes, but grey. No way
     
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  4. Monkeyface

    Monkeyface Senior member

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    Might be a weird question, but I'm figuring out the apartment decorations, and I was wondering if anyone know a good place to get suit hangers in Europe? The hanger project charges $60 for shipping, which is reasonable, but it'll probably take a month to get here
     


  5. Claghorn

    Claghorn Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I do not understand that shit. Suit hangers being that expensive. I have faux wooden (plastic, but it looks like wood) suit hangers with 3 inch shoulders that I got for 3.50 a pop.
     


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    Not quite that good, but I nabbed 12 Samuelsohn wooden hangers for $60 shipped on eBay.
     


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    PCK1 Senior member

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    @Murlsquirl - I've got the C&J Islay, Skye & Skye 2 (cordovan)....i would highly recommend any of them for a boot. They will last the rest of your life.

    Islay is pebble grain with dainite sole.
    Skye is chestnut with double leather sole (i polish mine with dark brown and mahogany and they have taken on an awesome saddle leather color)
    Skye 2 is dark brown with dainite sole.

    I love them all...and they range in price from $700 to $1000 for the cordovan....though you can occasionally find the islay and skye discounted.

    Depends what you are looking for in a boot...as for ordering...your best bet is to contact C&J NYC or C&J London...they generally have these in stock (Islay is the hardest of them to find)...and if they don't they will call you when they do get in their next shipment which generally doesn't take longer than 4-6 weeks. I think that Barney's has been stocking the Islay frequently as well...

    That being said...if I was in your shoes looking to make my first serious boot investment...I'd probably go with the EG Galway...and I think most of the boot lovers on this forum would agree with this statement. A dark oak and dark brown highland grain shaft is a grail boot (I also have this mockup in the G&G Wigmore...but this is wayyyy more dandy).
     


  8. Ambulance Chaser

    Ambulance Chaser Senior member

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    If this is the guncheck from Bloomies, my memory is a lot worse than I thought. :( I swear it had a blue base. The beauty of a guncheck SC is that it goes with so many different combinations of shirts and pants. For the shirt, I would go with white, light blue, or pink, in a solid or subtle check or stripe. For trousers, gray, navy, light blue, and brown would work.
     


  9. losrockets

    losrockets Senior member

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    The recent shoe discussion intrigues me. I recently realized I don't have a dainite, ridgeway, or similarly soled shoe for foul weather. My city is prone to flooding, so I need something fairly waterproof (would love a storm welt), and I work in healthcare setting so I need something that will look appropriate with wool trousers (but I don't quite have a physician's salary yet). A boot would be great but I'm fine with a shoe, likewise while cordovan would be ideal, with my <$350 budget I'll settle for pebble grain.
    The Howard Yount Pebble Grain boots look great except for the sole, the Carmina Jumpers are perfect but at least $100 more than I'd like to pay and can afford at this time, and I don't know if NMWA's Alfred Sargent Suede Boots could stand up to standing water and long walks in pouring rain. I'm not keen on Meermin's country calf tan boots because I'm not a fan of that particular shade.

    Sorry, not trying to be picky. If there's nothing to fit my needs at the moment, I can settle for something cheapish until I start residency (I don't find my Allen Edmonds to be terribly comfortable but their factory 2nds are pretty affordable). Any suggestions?
     


  10. Claghorn

    Claghorn Senior member Dubiously Honored

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  11. losrockets

    losrockets Senior member

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    Would a Topy be grippy enough on slick pavement?

    I assume I could add dainite to the HY boots at a later point, but given that they're a Bologna construction, I don't know if that's actually a possibility. Does @DWFII or somebody else have an answer on this?
     


  12. DonRaphael

    DonRaphael Senior member

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    Thanks. Since I live in Sweden and it was 01:00 a.m. by then I contacted Marc at Bloomingdales and let him know that I'm interested in purchasing it (there was someone in line for it) but told him I was not able to follow through with the payment then as I would have to call him and place the order/pay by phone. I asked if we could do it the morning after (today) but was told he didn't work today. He told me that he would be glad to help me on sunday of it's still available.

    Yes, that's it. It's from Bloomingdales. It was about $100 initially, then $500, then $380 and now $299. Would love to get my hands on an Eidos Polo, but can't track down where they're sold (preferably online).

    I need to purchase some blue trousers. I did a couple of months ago. It was a pair of Panta trousers, but they fit to snug, so I sold them.

    Thanks. Let's just hope (for my sake) it's still available by sunday.

    I believe Bloomingdales is lowering their prices further. This SC was reduced thrice.

    Excellent, that is great. You're one of my favorite posters at WAYWARN.

    Potential brown trousers are def my fav with that SC.

    That's it. No worries, I appreciate your help. I was looking for a blue/navy base, would love to get my hands on the one stitches and Monkeyface grabbed, but this one is also good. Thanks for the advices, will take them to heart if I purchase the SC.

    Meanwhile... "Your order on Vanda Fine Clothing is complete." [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
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  13. Monkeyface

    Monkeyface Senior member

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    I asked a sales associate if they were going to discount it more, seeing as CSC had 70% off, and he told my they'd NEVER do such a thing. 50% off was the best I was going to get, as bloomingdales doesn't discount jackets that are this nice so heavily. He said they aren't a discount store, and that such things were beneath them. He got so upset that I even asked that question.

    I wish I was still in New York, so I could walk in there and tell him to ring it up with 70% off, just to wipe that smug smile off his face.

    Anyways, do you know if the tan cotton solaro suits are 70% off as well? Might be worth it if they still have a 42.
    Bloomingdales had lots of light blue polos about two weeks ago, retail at $175, so a pretty good deal at 70% off.
     
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  14. DonRaphael

    DonRaphael Senior member

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    Haha, well, that played out differently from what he had planned then.

    I have no idea to be honest. @Ambulance Chaser PM'ed me and told me that this SC was available seeing I wanted to get the one you got in this thread. I live in Sweden, so I emailed Marc at Bloomingdales. PM me if you want his email address. He is very helpful, and I'm sure he could check that for you.
     


  15. TweedyProf

    TweedyProf Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    On checks, for inspiration:
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    Maybe Greg can let us know what trousers he paired that day.
     


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